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Conspiracy theory

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Weekly Citizen Sports Editor Kyle Riviere.

If you believe Ravens defensive standout Terrell Suggs, there is a great chance NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was the second gunman on the Grassy Knoll.

Not only that, Goodell knows where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Also, he has been secretly working with the government at Area 51 to create a new bread of aliens that are immune to head injuries and will one day take the place of humans on the football field.

Ok, so I'm being facetious but after hearing Suggs' recent comments about the commissioner, I seriously wouldn't doubt if he believes those statements are also true.

On ESPN's "E:60," the man they call "T-Sizzle" said that he believes Goodell was responsible for the notorious power outage that occurred in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII.

He said, "I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops; he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn't let us have one in a landslide huh?"

When asked point blank whether he believed Goodell contributed to it, he said, "I thought he had a hand in it. Most definitely, he had a hand in it."

If it slipped anyone's mind, last year's Super Bowl was brought to a screeching halt early in the third quarter when the lights inexplicably went out in the Superdome.

When darkness fell, the Ravens were in complete control of the game with a 28-6 lead over the 49ers.

Thirty-four minutes later, power was finally restored, and the teams got back at it.

However, the delay seemed to work in the 49ers' favor as they stormed back from the 22-point deficit only to lose in thrilling fashion 34-31.

Entergy and the Superdome later said that a piece of equipment monitoring electrical load sensed an abnormality and opened a break--which partially cut off the power.

Suggs, apparently having watched "JFK" one too many times, didn't buy this. He suspected that this was no accident or freak occurrence. This was the vindictive act of a tyrannical commissioner that would make sure the Ravens lost no matter what the costs.

So why sabotage the Ravens? Well, Suggs said that he saw Goodell yucking it up with Broncos President John Elway before their playoff game a few weeks prior, a game the Ravens miraculously won 38-35 in double-overtime.

Apparently, seeing his boy's team lose really stuck in his craw. So, he waited and waited for the perfect time to take his revenge. So, when the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVII rolled around, he took action.

It almost worked, but the Ravens were just too good to fall victim to his vengeful scheme.

Maybe Suggs is right. Maybe Goodell and Elway were playing catch in the back, and Roger accidently tripped over the power plug.

I guess it is possible. With that said, I guess it's also possible I could win a Pulitzer Prize for this article.

And as I wait for that prestigious honor, I must say that I think Suggs' idea is entirely ridiculous. I think even Mel Gibson's character, Jerry Fletcher, from "Conspiracy Theory" or Dale Gribble from "King of the Hill" would chuckle at such a notion.

That power outage was bad for the NFL. It was an embarrassing blunder that occurred on their grandest stage of all while an estimated 108 million people watched.

Why would the man responsible for protecting the NFL shield put that kind of taint on it? Just to spark a comeback against a team he disliked? What next, T-Sizzle, you're gonna tell us that Animal Planet's "Mermaids: The Body Found" was real?

I have a pretty vivid imagination, and I'm not the biggest fan of some of the things Goodell has done in his tenure, but even I find Suggs' allegations comical.

But Suggs isn't the only one that feels the way he does. Many of his teammates believe this--or at least believe the outage was caused by a person with an axe to grind.

Former teammate and now ESPN analyst Ray Lewis said that he believes it was caused by "someone shady," but he never elaborated on who he thinks that person may be.

This theory is a little more feasible. From this, you can insinuate that someone in the Saints organization pulled the plug as an "in your face" act against the NFL--an act of rebellion after the league came down so hard on the organization over Bounty Gate.

That's a conspiracy angle that I might not take as gospel, but it at least makes some kind of sense.